Lauri Peterson

After an emotional year, Lauri Waring Peterson and her son Josh speak candidly about his battle with drug addiction.

on Jan 22, 2008

Lauri: And you don't know how many blog comments I've gotten from viewers that have said my son went through the same types of things at Josh's age and just to let you know, he turned out to be this wonderful man, has a beautiful family and has a successful career. So, just to let you know everybody goes through really dark times in their lives, and that nine times out of 10 they end up happy. And so I think, again, I think viewers are concerned with ... Josh's success. We saw last week just the beginning of Josh coming over to George's house and the therapist appearing. How did that all come about and what was your first reaction when your mom suggested doing that?

Josh: Well, it was my mom asking me. She told me; she asked me, you know, well, it's long...Well, my mom had contacted me, and she told me that...I had let her know that I was interested in going to the wedding. I know that if I had not gone...I know that this is all temporary. This is really stupid to think that the drama that occurs in my life when I'm 18 is going to affect me for the rest of my life. Whereas a lot of things will, family drama...I definitely don't think will be one of those things. I hope that anyone who is fighting with their parents at 18 can resolve all their differences.

Lauri: I think what he's saying is that through everything that we were going through to have him not be a part of the wedding, both of us would regret it for the rest of our lives.